About this consultation
The College’s commitment to risk-based regulation requires a rigorous approach to policy development. This means revisions to the College’s policies and standards must be based on numerous factors including an evaluation of risks of harm, research evidence, and an analysis of options and impacts. This process ensures that our regulatory tools are not adopted as the default solution but are introduced to mitigate risk when other non-regulatory options are unable to deliver the desired results.
Consultation with midwives, midwifery and regulatory organizations, and the public is an essential part of our policy development process, and in keeping with our guiding principles of accountability and transparency.
The College’s Clinical Education and Student Supervision standard was implemented in 2014 and the current version was introduced in 2017. In 2021, the current version was revised by the Quality Assurance Committee (Committee) and went out for consultation in October 2021. Since that consultation, the Committee has made numerous changes to the standard. These changes are significant enough to warrant a second consultation.
This is the second round of consultations requesting feedback about the Clinical Education and Student Supervision standard.
The changes made to the Clinical Education and Student Supervision standard were designed to tie all standards to the public interest and to the delivery of client care. The changes also incorporated the feedback received during the first consultation about professional behaviours and providing a safe learning environment for students. These resulted in a revised standard that has been categorized into the following broad domains:
- clinical supervision and involvement in client care
- learning environment
- professional conduct and boundaries
New Title: the title of the standard was changed to Professional Responsibilities When Supervising Students to better reflect the standard’s intent to set out the requirements for midwives who are who are in a supervisory role during any aspect of midwifery care.
Definitions: The definitions of supervisor and conflict of interest were added and the definitions of direct supervision and indirect supervision were removed as these terms are no longer in the standard. The definition of student was simplified.
Details of what students are permitted to do: The details about what students are permitted to do, based on their clinical placement in the Midwifery Education Program, were replaced by minimum standards for midwives to ensure appropriate supervision based on the knowledge and skills of the student.
- Are the proposed requirements clear?
- Are risks of harm to the public addressed?
- Is the standard achievable for all midwives?
- Is there anything missing?